The state of our nation
A strong rally on Friday reversed losses on the JSE and helped the Top 40 close the week up 0,75%. Financials gained 2% while Industrials and Resources were marginally higher.
Markets continued to respond positively to the Trump administration's rhetoric, particularly regarding lower taxes. Data from China and Japan supported the market rally. The Nikkei rose 2,5% a... ››› more
The JSE Top 40 closed the week down 1,5%.
Higher commodity prices; Gold, Silver and Brent Oil were up more than 2%, while Platinum managed 1,6%. These were not enough to save the Resources Index (down 3%) from a stronger Rand. Industrials and Financials were also softer.
Anglogold up 9,3% and Harmony 9,5% responding to a firmer Gold Price (up 2,5%).
PSG rallied 6%, see comment below. ... ››› more
I call it platinum fatigue…
Eight years ago, platinum hit $2,200/ounce.
It subsequently crashed to $800, recovered to $1,500 and dropped back to $800 again in 2016.
Everyone's basically given up on platinum, there's just been too much drama for the metal…
Did you even notice that platinum is up $100 since December 2017?
On 26 December 2016, Platinum was at $894 per oun... ››› more
AVI is a South African based company, listed on the JSE in the Food Products sector, and is centered on the FMCG market.
AVI's extensive brand portfolio includes more than 50 brands. The Group comprises of trading subsidiaries that manufacture, process, market & distribute branded consumer products.
AVI brands span across a range of categories including: hot beverages, sweet and savory bis... ››› more
Trump in the White House - America First!
As President Trump was being inaugurated the markets appeared to be waiting for direction. The JSE closed slightly lower, down 0,6% and the major developed markets were little changed if not slightly softer. Currency and Commodity also appear to be in a holding pattern.
Trump's speech was direct and unambiguous, watch-out as America puts its foot... ››› more
Last week, we discussed how through one simple switch we managed to save our clients a cumulative 71% in 2016.
But this year we're going to try and do it again. So let's compare the investment cases of The Foschini Group (TFG) and Woolworths (WHL).
These companies share similarities in that they're both involved in apparel retailing in South Africa but have very different strategies when i... ››› more
The JSE was up 3,6% last week, adding to gains from the week before. The All Share index is now up 5% in two weeks, Resources 8,2%, Industrials 4,6% and Financials up 1,3%.
January is known to be a month with larger moves than normal, double digit figures are quite common. Watch out for the reversal in February. 2016 was a case in point…
Commodity Prices were firm with good gains from Pla... ››› more
JSE up 3,3%
Last week the JSE recovered from an oversold position to close the week with a gain of 3,3%. Financials gained 4,8% and Industrials were up 3,7%. Resources managed a gain of 1,5%.
DAX up 6,6%, CAC up 5.2%.
European markets breathed a sigh of relief as the Italian referendum failed, the Dax gained 6,6% and the CAC 5,2%. Italy was up 7,3% and Spain put in 6,5%
US Markets... ››› more
3 to Buy
We're expecting positive results to boost this retailers share price
Yes, we have mentioned Steinhoff before, the stock has fallen significantly since June. They will release financial results later this week. We expect more clarity on the impact of Brexit and the acquisitions. Positive results will give the current price a lift, Buy Below R64,00.
A rare opportunity to ... ››› more
JSE All Share marginally positive, up 0,7%
After several volatile weeks, due to policy uncertainty, some calm appears to have returned to the markets. The JSE All Share Index was up 0,7% last week. Resources were down 3%, while Industrial's up 1,8% and Financials' up 2,5% lifted the markets overall.
Brent Crude up 5%
Russia indicated it would support a cut in output if adopted by Opec. Ma... ››› more
Big Movers of the week
GOLD Stocks down 8,3%
The rollercoaster ride in Gold stocks continued last week, after bouncing the week before the Index was down 8,3%. Sibanye faired worst falling 13,7% while all the other major gold stocks gave up their recent gains.
MTN up 5,7%
Rebounding from lows, MTN was up 5,7% last week after a year of problems. The company has announced several heavywe... ››› more
Guy Algeo, Founder and Director at Prodigy Asset Management gives you an exclusive look into what he'd consider a buy this week and which shares you need to take out of your portfolio......
Stock market overview
Gold down 4,5%
Bullion’s strong performance for the year saw a shape correction last week it was down $60 or 4,5%.
The Rand held firm and so the softer gold price had... ››› more
You're no doubt familiar with Donald Trump, even if it's just watching him in The Apprentice.
In a book he wrote ten years ago, Trump details how to invest wisely, how to run a successful business and earn more money, plus a lot more.
So what is Trump's investment advice?
Let's take a closer look…
Investing tips from Donald Trump
Whilst the book’s main focus is making money i... ››› more
Earlier today, Stats SA released its producer inflation data for July.
The data showed that producer inflation, measured by the producer price index (PPI), fell 0.1% from June.
Some experts believe that producer inflation could continue to fall.
Let's take a closer look at what the data showed…
PPI fell to 8%
Headline producer inflation eased “to 8% year-on-year in July,” ... ››› more
Burger King has announced that it will buy Tim Hortons, a Canadian doughnut and coffee chain.
The merger will cost Burger King around $11 billion. The resulting company will be one of the biggest fast-food chains in the world.
Warren Buffett is also getting in on the merger between the two companies.
Let's take a closer look at the deal…
Burger King and Tim Hortons will become th... ››› more
When it comes to your child's future, you can never be too well prepared.
You may need to save more or less for your child's education, depending on where you want to send him off to school.
Although you may think that you can't afford to save for your child's education, it doesn't have to be that difficult. The most important thing is to start saving as early as possible.
With the risin... ››› more
Financial independence is something that many people strive to achieve.
Yet most people find that their income doesn't go as far they need it to. Their monthly outgoings increase, eating into even more of their income.
Then worries start about how they're going to achieve a comfortable retirement.
So what can you do to achieve financial independence?
You need to make big changes now t... ››› more
Yesterday, after the market closed, rating agency Moody's downgraded South Africa's four big banks.
After the Reserve Bank rescued troubled lender African Bank, Moody's believes there are risks in SA's banking sector.
This morning, shares in Standard Bank, Absa, FirstRand and Nedbank have all fallen as investors digest the news. This is in spite of the Reserve Bank disputing Moody's decision... ››› more
When you're in your 20's or 30's, you're probably not considering saving money for retirement. You may have student loans to pay or credit card debt and retirement seems so distant, it makes no sense to start saving now.
But what if I told you that starting to save early for retirement is one of the best things you could do to secure your financial future?
The sooner you start, the better off... ››› more
One of Warren Buffett's infamous sayings is: ‘Lethargy bordering on sloth remains the cornerstone of our investment style'. In other words, not doing very much.
If you invest in companies that are at the top of their game and continue to perform, you can practically sit back and watch your investment grow.
It all comes down to investing in great, solid companies and reinvesting your divide... ››› more
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